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Tommy Joseph | First Baseman | #19

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (0) / SF

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Tommy Joseph fanned four times as part of an 0-for-5 night against the Diamondbacks on Monday.
The Phillies never should have let Ryan Howard take Joseph under his wing. Following a fast start, Joseph's average now sits at .234, with a .714 OPS. He should continue to start over Howard, but he doesn't look like a mixed-league option right now. Jun 28 - 1:06 AM

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Tommy Joseph was scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to an illness.

It sounds like the same bug that has been traveling around MLB clubhouses over the last week. Andres Blanco will get the start at first base versus the Twins.
Jun 23 - 12:16 PM

Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

It's just a day of rest for the hard-hitting first baseman who has just two hits in his last 27 at-bats. Ryan Howard is starting in his place and batting cleanup against Zack Greinke on Saturday.
Jun 18 - 12:04 PM

Tommy Joseph went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Friday’s loss to the Diamondbacks.

Joseph was on a tear to begin his major league career, but he has now has just two hits in his last 27 at-bats. The 24-year-old has shown some intriguing pop with seven homers, but he also has a troubling 26/3 K/BB ratio. Still, the Phillies are understandably giving him the majority of at-bats at first base over Ryan Howard.
Jun 17 - 11:33 PM

Tommy Joseph blasted a pair of home runs and drove home four on Friday, but it still wasn't enough to lead the Phillies to victory over the Nationals in Washington.

Joseph gave the Phillies an early 4-0 lead with his two-run shot off Stephen Strasburg in the third inning. He added another two-run blast in the eighth to pull the Phillies to within three runs, but that would be as close as they would come. He has been outstanding at the plate thus far, slashing .323/.333/.677 with seven homers and 12 RBI.
Jun 10 - 11:01 PM

Tommy Joseph is out of the Phillies' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Cubs.

Ryan Howard will start at first base and bat fifth versus Cubs right-hander John Lackey. It's the second day off in a row for Joseph, who boasts a .903 OPS and five home runs in his first 19 major league games.
Jun 8 - 10:41 AM

Tommy Joseph clobbered his fourth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Brewers on Saturday.

His solo shot off of Junior Guerra got the Phillies on the board in the second inning. He seems to have supplanted Ryan Howard as the club's starting first baseman, and is hitting .283/.286/.528 with four homers and six RBI on the season.
Jun 4 - 7:45 PM

Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies' starting lineup Monday against the Nationals.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Sunday night that he was planning to get Joseph more playing time against right-handers at the expense of Ryan Howard, but it'll be Howard at first base (and batting cleanup) Monday versus Washington righty Tanner Roark. Joseph has an .861 OPS and three home runs in his first 11 major league games.
May 30 - 2:42 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin stated Sunday night that he plans to get Tommy Joseph more playing time, at the expense of slumping first baseman Ryan Howard.

Joseph has 10 hits -- including three homers -- through his first 35 at-bats at the major league level. "We brought Joseph up here for a reason, to get a look at him," Mackanin said. "I can’t let him stagnate on the bench like (Darin) Ruf ended up doing, so he’s going to face some right-handed pitchers to keep his timing."
May 30 - 10:36 AM

Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

He's inexplicably on the pine while the slumping Ryan Howard starts at first base and hits cleanup. Joseph is hitting .290/.294/.516 with two homers and four RBI in his first 31 at-bats.
May 28 - 10:40 AM

Tommy Joseph doubled and ripped a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Tigers.

Joseph's dinger in the sixth inning tied the game before the Tigers went back ahead for good the next inning. Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with a couple strikeouts in the same game, and you've got to wonder how long it will be before the Phillies give Joseph a shot as their everyday first baseman.
May 23 - 10:32 PM

Tommy Joseph went 3-for-4 and ripped his first major league home run in Tuesday's victory over the Marlins.

Joseph lined a ball down the left field line at Citizens Bank Park that hit the foul pole just over the wall. He then added singles in his next two plate appearances. Joseph is going to start at first base against lefties and should steal some time over Ryan Howard against righties, too. He's worth a look in deeper leagues, especially where he's eligible at catcher.
May 17 - 10:33 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of 1B Tommy Joseph from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Joseph had to give up catching due to concussion issues, but he's found himself with the bat again this season, batting .347/.370/.611 with six homers for Lehigh Valley. He figures to serve as a platoon mate at first base with Ryan Howard but could earn starts against righties, too, if he hits. Joseph is starting at first and batting sixth against lefty Brandon Finnegan on Friday.
May 13 - 3:07 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Phillies have called up Tommy Joseph from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The move isn't official yet, but it isn't a surprise after Jim Salisbury of reported earlier this week that the Phils were mulling a promotion of Joseph. The former catcher prospect has moved to first base following concussion issues and has hit .347/.370/.611 with six homers for Lehigh Valley. At the very least, he would figure to start at first against lefties, pushing the disappointing Darin Ruf to the bench or possibly the minors.
May 13 - 11:43 AM

According to Jim Salisbury of, the Phillies could soon call up Tommy Joseph.

Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf are underperforming in a first-base platoon, and Joseph boasts a .368/.391/.655 batting line with six home runs and 17 RBI through 25 games this season at the Triple-A level. Salisbury notes that the Phillies' upcoming schedule is filled with left-handed starters, which could provide a nice introduction for the righty-swinging Joseph. He is a 24-year-old former second-round pick who converted from catcher to first base last season following a string of concussions. There might be reason to stash the guy in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. He'd definitely be worth a shot in NL-only formats.
May 11 - 9:30 AM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Tommy Joseph
2B1Cesar Hernandez
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Tyler Goeddel
2Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Peter Bourjos
2Jimmy Paredes
3Aaron Altherr
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Charlie Morton
3Aaron Nola
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Vincent Velasquez
6Zach Eflin
7Adam Morgan
8Matt Harrison
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeanmar Gomez
2Dalier Hinojosa
3David Hernandez
4Hector Neris
5Brett Oberholtzer
6Andrew Bailey
7Elvis Araujo
8Daniel Stumpf
9Severino Gonzalez